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Novell Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  • Fewer opportunities to move up as company no longer growing as they did in past years (in 6 reviews)

  • Career growth touching nadir - You will find 10 years experience people sitting and fixing bugs months after months (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "My experience at Novell"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They do pay people who are higher up in the company more money, but unfortunately I was there as an intern.,

    Cons

    They don't pay their interns very well. They don't really care about their employees. There is a feeling that you could be laid off any time.

    Advice to Management

    Take more care of your employees. They are the most important asset to your company. A place where constant fear exists is never a fun place to work.


  2. "Future of company is doubtful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Relations
    Current Employee - Customer Relations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Novell has a friendly atmosphere, some of the best benefits around, and has a good product line. The onsite cafeteria and fitness center are great and allow employees to feel more at ease. They offer a lot of time off to plan vacations through out the year.

    Cons

    Novell is all but sold. They got complacent years ago allowing Microsoft to become the industry standard in server technology. Many of Novell's loyal customers have jumped ship when Novell stopped following up. Sales lacks the desire to expand the company, they are too afraid of making customers upset. Although the product line is great for most businesses, there are too many variation of the products. They needed to focus on one area of the IT industry and not cater to all the needs that a customer has.

    Managers are tightening their grip on everything causing stess to go up and moral to go way down. There are reports of a buy out by other companies so it wouldn't be a good career move to work for this company as the buyers most likely would take the assets and lay everyone off.

    Advice to Management

    When Novell is sold off, make sure that those of us that are still working here are able to find work with other companies.

  3. "Lacks competency and the winning attitude"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Promotes patent culture
    * Some projects are innovative and challenging, but they are very few

    Cons

    * Most people I worked with lacked technical competency
    * Most people taking interviews are incompetent
    * Lack of challenges as most projects are in maintenance mode
    * Lots of regionalism
    * Unsophisticated work culture
    * Incompetent management

    Advice to Management

    * Need to look at the selection process more closely and only have right set of people in interview panel. Otherwise, a team will be formed which can be dispelled without incurring any loss.
    * More structured decision making would help in keeping employees out of surprises. Releases need to be planned appropriately by taking all factors in account.
    * Change the lower management. Old timers in lower management need to be assessed for having right set of skills of management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Novell - Good or Bad?"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good Products.
    2. Good infrastructure.
    3. Free transport
    4. Unlimited sick leaves :)
    5. Good benefits for employees.

    Cons

    1. Bad Management
    2. No growth.
    3. No freedom of opinion.
    4. Not open to changes.
    5. In -secured employees.
    6. POLITICS
    7. Biasing based on language, region, personal liking etc..

    Advice to Management

    GROW UP!
    GET TRAINED!
    USE YOUR BRAINS!
    PLEASE ACT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!


  5. "Dead End"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice People & Nice Office

    Cons

    No communication between senior mang and staff
    No idea as to where the company is heading
    Senior mang 'out of touch' with staff


  6. "Business model is profit not growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential was great but left outside the realm of consideration

    Cons

    Sell Outs for personal gain

    Advice to Management

    Lead not react


  7. "Avoid them"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are some long term and enthusiastic customers

    Cons

    Novell is a has been company. No clear strategy or vision. Very political.

    Advice to Management

    Leave

  8. "No Job security"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Product is excellent but no proper marketing or support as they dont pay properly for support and marketing

    Cons

    You never know when they will take you out of the company

    Advice to Management

    When employees dont want to leave the company also. They will force you to leave and dont even care who they can survive


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Had the makings but region based favouritism spoiled the growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary

    Good work if given (may not be given and made to sit empty if not from the same region eventually leading to poor performance)

    Upper management is classy and carries conviction

    Good location

    Cons

    Middle management is rotten scheduling work based on regional favouritism rather than merit. This happened to me and almost all teams around me . (No wonder the company got sold out ...)

    Work and performance is given based on regionalism/favouritism(you have to be lucky to be a favourite without sharing the native with managers. )

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management - Try to be a leader with some conviction rather than be an aspiring politician and acting spinelessly.

    Upper Management - Select your middle management carefully having a sense of judgement. Mere chair warming experience with passion for doggie duties should not be the criteria to be a part of the middle management.

    HR - Not sure if this matters also. Try to take attritions rate seriously they may speak more about the way the company is performing rather than just being a number on some stupid graph. (Again.. no wonder the company got sold out...)


  10. "working for Novell is simply an exercise in frustration"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great, talented and dedicated. The new CEO Kathleen Owens is impressive and hopefully will make the changes that are desperately needed.

    Cons

    Where to start? The main problem I see is that management don't offer a clear direction for staff to buy into and believe in.

    There is a lot of politics and little straight talking...processes are incredibly cumbersome and old fashioned and were designed with the mentality of a much larger company.

    Another big problem is the constant restructuring by Attachmate without the change management effort to back it up, meaning saved resource on paper, but a lot of opportunity cost as teams struggle to understand and function in the new structure.

    Advice to Management

    Build a long term vision the staff can get behind and back it up with some detail, so that each team/person can see how their role fits into the bigger picture.

    Before restructuring put a much more detailed and thought-out plan in place as to how the company should function after the change and make sure to communicate this quickly and clearly.


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